A broken outcrop with limited potential for rock climbing beyond very short trad routes, boulder problems and imaginative scrambling lines - although there is potential for further development nonetheless. The rock morphs from a band of limestone to a band of gritstone, in a less obvious manner to that of Penyghent. However, Black Shiver does have value to climbers as an oddity in providing one very decent Grade I/II winter route (Black Shiver Gully) and a number of winter variations at the same grade. Its exposed situation high up on the northwest face of Ingleborough means it retains snow for long periods and build ups of firm neve and good frozen turf are not too uncommon; ice build up is limited however.
Views of Whernside and the Ribblehead viaduct from the crag are superb and worth the hike up alone.
While the crag is best viewed from the hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale, the logical access from there and Raven Scar to the south is barred by a continuous wall, masses of karst limestone paving and, after wet weather, the quagmire of Tatham Wife Moss.
A65 to Ingleton. Take the B6255 towards Hawes. Just after leaving Ingleton and having passed by a milestone a distinct bridleway (Fell Lane)is visible on the right - limited parking. Hike up the bridleway towards Ingleborough. After passing sheep shelters on your left, leave the bridleway and head northwards traversing around the mountain on roughly the 500m contour, the occasional faint lines made by cavers can be followed here. A wide shallow westward facing gully should now be visible on the right. After 800m, a more distinct northwest facing gully with a series of easy looking steps becomes visible and leads into the heart of the broken sprawl of Black Shiver. This is Black Shiver Gully (Grade I/II).
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